A talented athlete that can play on either offense or defense, Chase Clement finished his senior season at E.D. White with some pretty impressive numbers.
“I think I ended up with around 100 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and 3 interceptions on defense,” Clement said. “On offense I’m not sure how many yards I had but between playing running back, tight end, and receiver I had six total touchdowns.”
The postseason honors came raining down on Clement once his season was over and he got to do a little traveling as a reward for his play on the field.
“I made all-district, district MVP, all-region, region MVP, all-state, and state MVP,” Clement said. “I also played in two all star games, the Offense-Defense Bowl and the River Parish-Bayou game.”
Playing in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Fort Lauderdale was an opportunity Clement made the most of as he went up against players of his caliber from all across the country.
“I went there that week just wanting to do my best,” Clement stated. “They had some big boys there; it seemed like everyone was just as big as me. I got hurt in the beginning of the week and couldn’t really practice after that. But they had NFL trainers there that worked on me a lot and got me ready for the game.”
“I was really proud of myself for the way I played in the game,” Clement continued. “I was so much quicker than the tackle trying to block me. I think I ended up with around 12 tackles and a few sacks for the game.”
Although he’s officially done with football in high school, Clement is busy preparing himself for football at the next level by doing the workout Strength and Conditioning Coach Tommy Moffit sent him and participating on E.D. White’s track team.
“Moffit’s program is awesome,” Clement exclaimed. “It’s helped me improve a lot in track. Last week I won all three throw events (shot-put, javelin, and discuss) at the regional meet and was named the meet MVP. I’ll be going to state as the leader in all three throws, so hopefully I’ll be able to win there too.”
Clement is already known as a workout warrior but he quickly learned that things are completely different when you make that jump to the next level.
“His (Moffit) program is much more intense than what I was used to,” said the 4-star defensive end. “It only takes 35-40 minutes but you don’t stop the entire time. I’ve really been focusing on my legs a lot more than I used to. I’ve gained about 25 pounds mostly in my legs since I started the workout. I’m also a lot more agile. I just did a back flip a few days ago.”
Clement says he’s noticed an increase in other measurable areas, besides just his weight, lately as well.
“Now I’m up to 6’6” and 270 pounds,” he said. “My bench is 395, power clean is 350, and squat is either 490 or 500. I ran a 4.68 in the 40 about three weeks ago.”
Although Clement is currently enjoying much success in the weight room and on the track, he’s ready to move to Baton Rouge and get his college career started.
“I’m moving in on June 7th or 8th,” he said. “My GPA is a 3.0 and ACT is like a 20 after you combine all my scores. I’m not sure who I’ll be living with yet. I’d like to live with Matt Branch and Tyler Edwards, but I’ve met most of the guys already so it doesn’t matter who I live with.”
For someone with such a strong work ethic and desire to make himself better, it’s no surprise that Clement’s biggest personal goal for next season is to continue working hard.
“I want to keep working out and keep up with Coach Moffit,” he said. “They’ve told me if I workout and stick with Coach Moffit it will lead to playing time.”
“I definitely want to be in the rotation next year,” Clement continued. “I’m just ready to get out there. They are going to be my bosses for the next four years, so I’m down with whatever they want. If they want me to redshirt I’d like that just as much. It would make me a better player and I’d get to learn the game better.”
Most fans expect the nation’s 14th ranked defensive end to come in and be competing for playing time at one of the end spots.
However, Clement says his position has not been set in stone yet.
“They haven’t told me if I’m going to be playing defensive end or tight end yet,” he said. “If it was up to me I’d play both if I could. I don’t have a preference of one over the other. I really enjoy playing both spots.”
Clement was able to enter Tiger Stadium as a spectator earlier this spring one more time before suiting up for the Tigers.
“I made it in for the spring game,” said Clement. “It was fun, and the picnic after was really cool. I was pumped to see Kellen on the field too.”
Kellen, of course, being freshman linebacker Kellen Theriot, an early enrollee and one of Clement’s fellow 2008 signees. Clement has kept in touch with Theriot since he enrolled at LSU for the spring semester, and Theriot offered him some simple advice.
“Whenever we talk he just tells me to be ready,” Clement said.
Being ready is something Clement suggests all Tiger fans should do for him next year.
“Tell them to be ready to come out and watch me, because when I get out there on the field I’m going to put on a show for them.”
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